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Backyard Magic
Lately, there has been some magic to be found outside.  The weather is nice but the July rain has made things green and there is lots of light to be had thanks to summer.  When all those elements combine, amazing things happen.  Such has been the case for us at Cramer Imaging.

Amazing and beautiful photographs have been starting to trickle in like water.  Macro work has been plentiful.  There are wildflowers and insects in the backyard to keep me occupied with my camera for a while.

I had been wanting to score a shot of a dragonfly for a while.  A good friend of mine managed to nail just such an amazing shot of this bug and I wanted my own.  Waiting for the insects to be plentiful was not easy since they swarm out for only a short window of time.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature insect photograph of a resting yellow dragonfly with green background in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

We were getting ready for a camping trip and I had started piling the necessary gear outside in preparation when I spotted a red dragonfly land very close to me.  Hoping that it would decide to stay put, I ran for my camera.  That dragonfly, regrettably, decided to leave but another yellow one took its place on some of the camping gear.  This one was even cooperative enough to stay modeling until I was done photographing it.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature insect photograph of a perched yellow dragonfly with black background in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

Another inspiring subject lately has been flowers.  I have been publishing lots of new photos of macro flowers lately.  There will be no more spring flowers for several months but I have been working on adding in a few of the summer varieties to my growing collection lately.

Professional quality black and white nature photograph of a wild sunflower head in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho by Cramer Imaging
I had decided to set my sights on wild sunflowers.  I had been noticing them growing along certain stretches of road lately.  I wanted to take some pictures of them.  Arranging a trip out has not been so easy lately but I was in for a surprise.

On the way back from a campsite scouting expedition, I discovered that there was just such a plant growing in the backyard.  I pulled out my camera at the next opportunity to shoot photos at sunset for best light.

After some experimentation with light and different lighting positions, this photograph was born.  It features the texture of the central section of the sunflower.  Black and white worked out far better than color for this shot.

Of course, I would not be satisfied with a single shot of a wild sunflower.  Another bloom caught my attention.  This time, the color photo worked out better.

Professional quality color nature flower photograph of a wild sunflower and leaves in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho by Cramer Imaging

The depth of field nicely emphasizes the form of the flower and the surrounding leaves for this perfect and beautiful specimen of a bloom.

Professional quality nature macro photograph of a wild golden yellow sunflower in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho by Cramer Imaging

While trying for another kind of wildflower growing in the fence, this third wild sunflower was interesting enough to catch my attention.  You can see the other flowers I was trying for in the background of this image.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of a ladybug insect crawling on a wild sunflower in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

As I was concluding another photo shoot, I stopped by the initial wild sunflowers I had been working with in previous photographs.  This time, I noticed that there were some ladybugs crawling all over the plant.  I decided that I wanted to add ladybugs to my portfolio along with the dragonflies.

These bugs were not as cooperative though.  Every time I would get a good composition in frame and the camera focused, the insects would crawl around to the other side of the plant as though they were camera-shy.  That was frustrating and required lots of patience in order to get this shot.

My final photo for this post is that of a little yellow bird.  I was patrolling and hoping for a butterfly to land.  This was what I was hoping for but I ended up with better.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature animal photograph of a yellow goldfinch bird taking off to fly in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

I was not sure just how close I could get to the bird without scaring it off.  I kept stepping up and snapping pictures just in case.  Thanks to a really fast shutter speed, I managed to capture this photo of the bird starting to fly off.

Magical light, magical timing, and magical opportunities have been abounding for us at Cramer Imaging.  Preparation and skill met up with chance for these amazing shots.